Gallery: Chicago Chefs Go Gluttonous at Baconfest 2014

Thank You, Piggy
Thank You, Piggy

Whenever you eat, anything at all, it's important to remember and appreciate where your food came from. So, thank you piggy, for being delicious and making a lot of people happy.

Bacon!
Bacon!

The true star of the show.

676 Restaurant and Bar
676 Restaurant and Bar
Chef Josh Hasho put out a surprisingly light and fresh take on bacon, creating a Japanese-spiced lamb spring roll and accenting it with bacon.
Black Dog Gelato
Black Dog Gelato

Jessica Oloroso of Black Dog Gelato proudly holds up a beautiful plate of chocolate and cherry caramel tart with bacon gelato.

Bacon Flowchart
Bacon Flowchart

I pretty much see this shirt on someone a few times a year, randomly, but that doesn't mean it's not awesome. All signs point to bacon.

Bakin' & Eggs
Bakin' & Eggs

Cute little bacon biscuits from Bakin' & Eggs. Bacon, biscuits, booyah!

Monti's
Monti's

From the cheesesteak masters themselves comes a bacon stromboli, posing nicely with a little black piggy.

Pinstripes
Pinstripes

Those of you who live in the suburbs might know this place, but Pinstripes is a bowling alley. They also have indoor bocce ball courts and a restaurant. This iwas a caramel and bacon gelato sandwich, and it was as good as it looks.

Trenchermen
Trenchermen

This was a little play on breakfast in bed. It's coffee cured and smoked bacon, egg yolk jam, toast, and streusel.

Bacon Bikini
Bacon Bikini

This smiling lady was definitely dressed for the occasion! I was also wearing one of these outfits too. Just kidding. I left mine at home by accident.

Bridge House Tavern
Bridge House Tavern

These bacon balls are made with bacon, veal, and a little foie gras. Hey, someone had to break out the duck liver at some point. It was bacony, meaty, with just a subtle touch of that glorious fatty duck liver.

Frontera Grill
Frontera Grill

This was a chocolate mesquite cake from Frontera Grill, topped with a bacon and caramel sauce. Chocolate and bacon make pretty good friends.

Three Aces
Three Aces

This "baco-yaki" was a play on the Japanese pancake ball, takoyaki (octopus pancake). Instead of octopus, there was bacon, on top of a rich carbonara sauce. Three Aces has always done a very good job at Baconfest, having won several in the past few years.

Matt Troost
Matt Troost

Matt is the chef at Three Aces. He recognized me from the time I brought one of his burgers into their photobooth and took an intimate picture with it.

Kevin...Bacon!
Kevin...Bacon!

These shirts rule. I wish I had one too.

The Bedford
The Bedford

If this looks a lot like a Drumstick ice cream cone, that's because it's a play off one! It had bacon mousse in it and was light and crunchy.

Saigon Sisters
Saigon Sisters

Here's a little taste of Southeast Asia on an endive leaf. It's a ground meat dish called laab, but instead of regular ground pork, we have salty and smoky bacon.

TWO Restaurant and Bar
TWO Restaurant and Bar

Rather than use Nueske's bacon, Tom Van Lente of TWO made his own bacon that had a much different, lighter flavor, than Nueske's strongly salted and smoked pork belly. It was on top of a silky parsnip puree.

Whole Foods
Whole Foods

Whole Foods came and brought cheerful little cupcakes.

Bistro Dre
Bistro Dre

This was another of the lighter dishes at Baconfest. It was a piece of Scottish salmon topped with a bacon crunch, served with a light ponzu sauce.

The Gage
The Gage

Scotch eggs rule! This bacon-infused Scotch-deviled egg was served on a kimchi broth. Because kimchi also rules.

Glazed and Infused
Glazed and Infused

Hello, apple bacon pineapple fritters. If they look enormous, that's because they were. One was easily the size of my hand.

Francesca's Restaurants
Francesca's Restaurants

This semi-sweet chocolate pot de creme was luxurious, rich, and also baconed out, kind of like spinners on a sweet whip.

Farmhouse
Farmhouse

Farmhouse won the prize for best dish of the night, and they nailed it. The chocolate bacon custard was covered in a chocolate bacon soil and had a really fascinating gummy candy on top, that was made with...steak!

Gotcha! The pink gummy candy was actually made with bacon. I was just checking to see if you were reading this.

Excited Crowd...For BACON!
Excited Crowd...For BACON!

You could just feel the artery-clogging excitement in the air. People were genuinely happy to be in line, about to be exposed to an insane amount of porky fun.